Majestic Yangtze

14 Days from $4,090 per person

Majestic Yangtze

What's Included
  • International flights
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights river cruise accommodation
  • 3 internal flights within China
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Group airport transfers & ground transportation
  • National Escort & Local Insider Guides
  • Visa fees for US & Canada passport holders
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
Places Visited
Shanghai (2 nights), Yangtze River Cruise (4 nights), Chengdu (1 night), Xian (2 nights), Beijing (3 nights)
Highlights of the Itinerary
  • Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China
  • Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
  • Survey Xian from its ancient city ramparts
  • Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
  • Take a 3-night voyage on the mighty Yangtze for a glimpse of China past and present
  • Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise
  • Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
  • Admire the 1920s architecture of The Bund, set against futuristic skyscapers
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Our sightseeing today starts with a visit to see the superb antiquities and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and wander the surrounds of the neighboring People's Square.

We will then visit the Old Town (Yuan Bazaar) of Shanghai, where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and a variety of tantalizing snacks. We take a relaxing walk through moon gates and latticed pavilions in the peaceful Yu Gardens, the inspiration for willow patterned china.

Continue to the historical riverfront area known as the Bund. Recognized as Shanghai's former Wall Street, the Bund is home to an impressive collection of buildings from the early trade houses of the 1850s to the glamorous Art Deco modernism of the 1920s. We will also visit a local Silk Museum and Showroom.

We will also explore Xintiandi. This area was once a dilapidated strip of shikumen buildings, a mixture of English-styled terraces and traditional Chinese courtyard houses. This style of housing is unique to Shanghai, and was originally designed for the many Chinese workers that flooded the city in the early 1900s. The area was later purchased by film star Jackie Chan who restored the buildings.

In the evening we will enjoy a cruise on the spectacular Huangpu River to view the picturesque nightscape of this exciting city before we indulge in traditional Shanghai cuisine for our welcome dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel or Similar
Shanghai Museum
In order to fully appreciate the growth and modernization that Shanghai is undertaking, we will head across the great Nanpu Bridge this morning to the Pudong District, a region that was put aside in 1990 for redevelopment to entice foreign investment to modernize and drive the city into the 21st century. With forward planning, the city avoided infrastructure and transport problems that other Asian cities have faced.

Afterwards we will transfer to the airport and fly to Yichang. Depending on flight times, lunch may be served on board the flight. Upon arrival we transfer to the dock where we will board our Yangtze River cruise vessel for the next four nights.

We will be taking an amazing journey along China's Yangtze River, which is undeniably one of the world's great and legendary waterways. This 3,900 mile river has its origins high up in the snow covered mountain of Tanggula Shan in the south western Qinghai Tibet Plateau and runs into the ocean at Shanghai. It is estimated that this river has more than 10 percent of the world's population living along its banks.

NOTE: Shore excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Five-star Yangtze Cruise Ship
Over the next three days, relax as we explore the wondrous landscape and life along the Yangtze River. This morning we will visit the site of the Three Gorges Dam. Commenced in 1994 and completed in 2009, the Three Gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken. The Dam is located near Sandouping, which is in the middle of the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges. The Three Gorges Dam is 7,660 feet long, 600 feet high, 60 feet wide on the top and 430 feet wide at the bottom. The dam has raised the river to a level of 575 feet above sea level, creating a 372 mile long reservoir, with 1.5 million people relocated. The building of this huge dam was for the purpose of flood control, electricity, navigation and irrigation.

Later today, we will pass through the Xiling Gorge, once the most treacherous stretch of the Yangtze which has now been tamed by the new dam. Further upstream we reach the larger Wu Gorge, before we finally sail through the narrow and dramatic Qutang Gorge.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Five-star Yangtze Cruise Ship
Three Gorges Dam
Today's program may include shore excursions to Shennong Stream. From Badong we sail through Wu Gorge, at a length of 24 miles, with cliffs so sheer the sun barely penetrates to the river below.

At the Lesser Three Gorges, higher water levels mean we can travel further upstream to unspoiled villages or if the river levels allow, we will hop into small pea pod boats at Shennong Stream. Here we can see the cut stone of the trackers path high on the sheer walls. Gain knowledge about the history of the trackers, the men who while walking along those paths, dragged enormous junk ships along the Yangtze for centuries.

When we return to the cruise vessel, continue cruising through the shortest, but the most dramatic of the Three Gorges, Qutang Gorge.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Sichuan Dinner
Accommodation: Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel or Similar
Shennong Stream
Today’s program may include a shore excursion to Fengdu, an ancient ghost city on the banks of the Yangtze River. Fengdu is the original and supposedly haunted ghost town themed on numerous legends and folktales. Here we visit the temples dedicated to the underworld and heaven. We can also participate in several tests and tasks to help predict our future, fidelity and fortune.

Upon returning to the cruise vessel, continue cruising overnight.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Shui Jiao Dumpling Dinner
Accommodation: Golden Flower Hotel or Similar
Fengdu Ghost City
We disembark from our cruise this morning in Chongqing, a city perched on the steep hills overlooking the confluence of the Jialing and the Yangtze rivers. Chongqing is the chief industrial center of south western China, producing approximately one fifth of Sichuan’s industrial output. The city has been reshaped by the Three Gorges Dam Project, which now allows larger sea-going vessels to sail all the way upriver to China’s most famous waterfront mountain city.

In Chongqing we visit the old district of Ciqikou, an authentic historical area containing traditional buildings dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Here we will have some free time to walk around and soak up the atmosphere of traditional China. Explore the narrow laneways and paved pedestrian streets scattered with local shops selling porcelain, artwork, embroidery and local souvenirs. We may even stumble across the local sweets and candy being produced by pounding ingredients using large wooden hammers, or simply sit back and watch the locals going about their day. From here, we drive to Chengdu.

As the capital of one of the most affluent rural areas in China, Chengdu has developed into a large and modern city, yet within its crooked backstreets we will still find all the charms of old China. Wander among the traditional wooden houses and bustling street markets, through the aromas of Sichuan spices cooking and the chatter of old men walking with their caged birds.

Once we reach Chengdu we will transfer to our hotel. Tonight we enjoy an evening feast of renowned Sichuan cuisine.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel or Similar
Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Opened to the public in 1995, the reserve has a museum, research facility and a protected wilderness and breeding area. The panda has become one of the most adored animals in China and noted as the cute and memorable mascot for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). We explore the grounds with a chance to see some of the animals up close and learn more about this region's endangered species.

This afternoon we will transfer to the airport to board our flight to Xian, whose name means Western Peace. It is located on the banks of the Yellow River and has a history dating back to 1000BC. It once rivaled great cities such as Constantinople and Rome in size, culture and development and was also the starting point for the famous trade route, the Silk Road, a caravan passageway which carried not only silks, ceramics and spices but also led to an exchange of cultures, technologies and ideas. Buddhism brought from India during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) was perhaps one of the most influential of the religions to travel along this famed road into Xian.

Tonight we enjoy a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty while feasting on a sumptuous Shui Jiao dumpling dinner, a specialty of the region.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Golden Flower Hotel or Similar
Chengdu Panda Base
We start our day with a visit to the famous UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. One of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, this unearthed terracotta army is comprised of over 7,000 soldiers, horses and chariots. The army was built in life-sized form by thousands of workers and designed by the self-proclaimed Emperor Qin Shi Huang to defend himself in his afterlife. The word China derived from his name and he is acclaimed by Chinese historians to have unified the rival lands of China into a single empire after defeating his enemy states and standardizing the systems of currency, writing and measurement.

On our return to Xian we stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition where replicas of the warriors are made before visiting the Ancient City Wall, a 500-year-old barricade built to protect the city. Standing the test of time, it is one of the only walls in China to remain intact.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Golden Flower Hotel or Similar
Terracotta Warriors
This morning we visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Afterwards we take a stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter, exploring the many narrow laneways of the interesting Islamic food markets.

This afternoon we will transfer to the airport to board our flight to Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. With its unequaled wealth of history, Beijing served as the center for the many different empires and cultures that ruled China and has been the heart of politics and society throughout its long history. The ancient monuments, the stories of days gone by as well as the dynamic and modern city Beijing has become today, make it a destination not to be missed.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar
Little Wild Goose Pagoda
Today we will walk through the expanse of Tiananmen Square, where we will pass Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. Built on Mao Zedong's orders, Tiananmen Square is said to hold a capacity crowd of over one million.

Next we will walk through the outer gates of the Imperial Forbidden City, the sacred center of the Chinese empire for 500 years and home to both the Ming and Qing dynasties. We walk through this royal complex from the south gate at Tiananmen, named Gate of Heavenly Peace, through to the north gate at Shenwumen, named Gate of Divine Might. We can explore the outer courts, the courtyards and the private residences within the Forbidden City.

From here we visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven, one of the more perfect examples of Ming architecture, set among a 660 acre park with four gates set at each point of a compass. Walking through the park we will see the many groups of local people that gather here every day to sing folk songs, practice tai chi and sword dancing, play chess or just come to sit and chat. You can watch or participate in a dance class.

Our evening entertainment tonight is an exciting Chinese acrobatics performance, where we will see gravity-defying acrobatics, contortionists, juggling, plate spinning acts and more.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar
Tiananmen Square
It is often quoted in Beijing that you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 4,000 miles long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labor required for its construction.

After lunch, we will visit the Jade Factory and Showroom. From here we head to the Summer Palace, a retreat for emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the most notorious of which is Empress Dowager Cixi. Popularly known as the dragon lady, the empress spent money reserved to commission a modern navy on embellishment of the royal garden. However, she did restore the large marble boat that sits at the edge of the beautiful Kunming Lake, which occupies three quarters of the park's expanse.

Our farewell dinner this evening will include a sample of the most renowned local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar
The Great Wall
Today our group tour arrangements end. Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the USA.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Depart US Arrive US Price From Land Price
Thu. Mar 10 Mon. Mar 23 $4,090 $2,990
Tue. Mar 15 Mon. Mar 28 $4,360 $3,090
Tue. Mar 22 Mon. Apr 04 $4,460 $3,190
Tue. Mar 29 Mon. Apr 11 $4,560 $3,290
Wed. Apr 06 Tue. Apr 19 $4,650 $3,380
Mon. Apr 11 Sun. Apr 24 $4,650 $3,380
Mon. Apr 18 Sun. May 01 $4,650 $3,380
Mon. Apr 25 Sun. May 08 $4,650 $3,380
Mon. May 02 Sun. May 15 $5,120 $3,490
Wed. May 04 Tue. May 17 $5,120 $3,490
Mon. May 09 Sun. May 22 $5,310 $3,550
Mon. May 16 Sun. May 29 $5,310 $3,550
Mon. May 23 Sun. Jun 05 $5,310 $3,550
Mon. May 30 Sun. Jun 12 $5,310 $3,550
Mon. Jun 06 Sun. Jun 19 $5,310 $3,550
Mon. Jun 13 Sun. Jun 26 $5,310 $3,550
Mon. Jul 18 Sun. Jul 31 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Aug 01 Sun. Aug 14 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Aug 08 Sun. Aug 21 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Aug 15 Sun. Aug 28 $4,560 $3,290
Sun. Aug 28 Sun. Sep 04 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Aug 29 Sun. Sep 11 $4,560 $3,290
Wed. Aug 31 Tue. Sep 13 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Sep 05 Sun. Sep 18 $4,560 $3,290
Wed. Sep 07 Tue. Sep 20 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Sep 12 Sun. Sep 25 $4,560 $3,290
Wed. Sep 14 Tue. Sep 27 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Sep 19 Sun. Oct 02 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Sep 26 Sun. Oct 09 $4,560 $3,290
Mon. Oct 03 Sun. Oct 16 $4,690 $3,290
Mon. Oct 10 Sun. Oct 23 $4,690 $3,290
Mon. Oct 17 Sun. Oct 30 $4,690 $3,290
Mon. Oct 24 Sun. Nov 06 $4,590 $3,190
Mon. Oct 31 Sun. Nov 13 $4,190 $2,990
Mon. Nov 07 Sun. Nov 20 $4,190 $2,990
Depart US Arrive US Price From Land Price
Thu. Mar 09 Wed. Mar 22 $4,360 $3,090
Thu. Mar 16 Wed. Mar 29 $4,460 $3,190
Mon. Mar 20 Sun. Apr 02 $4,460 $3,190
Mon. Mar 27 Sun. Apr 09 $4,660 $3,390
Mon. Apr 03 Sun. Apr 16 $4,660 $3,390
Wed. Apr 05 Tue. Apr 18 $4,660 $3,390
Mon. Apr 10 Sun. Apr 23 $4,660 $3,390
Mon. Apr 17 Sun. Apr 30 $4,660 $3,390
Mon. Apr 24 Sun. May 07 $4,760 $3,490
Wed. Apr 26 Tue. May 09 $4,760 $3,490
Wed. May 03 Tue. May 16 $5,120 $3,490
Mon. May 08 Sun. May 21 $5,350 $3,590
Wed. May 10 Tue. May 23 $5,350 $3,590
Mon. May 15 Sun. May 28 $5,350 $3,590
Mon. May 22 Sun. Jun 04 $5,350 $3,590
Mon. May 29 Sun. Jun 11 $5,350 $3,590
Mon. Jun 05 Sun. Jun 18 $5,350 $3,590

Flight and supplement information

International Airfare available from all U.S. and Canada gateways. Included airfare based on
availability from select cities. Supplements may apply based on availability at time of booking.

* Single room from $560
* Tipping paid locally US$91

All of the hotels used by Wendy Wu Tours are of four star or superior three star (international tourist) standard unless otherwise specified. The hotels are selected for their comfort, convenience of location and character and are subject to change. Below is an example of the typical hotels used on our tours, however these are not guaranteed and alternative hotels of a similar standard may also be used.

Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel

This modern and well-appointed hotel is a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.


  • Hotel Facilities

    The hotel features a fitness room, indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa and massage facilities as well as a business centre. 24-hour room service, currency exchange, laundry service and free Wi-Fi in public area are available.

  • Room Facilities

    Amenities include satellite television, DVD player, mini-bar, safety deposit box, kettle and hair dryer as well as free wired and wireless internet access. There are tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary bottled water offered.

  • Restaurants

    Three restaurants feature a range of styles including International cuisine, Japanese specialties and contemporary Cantonese food. There is also a patisserie and a lobby lounge.

Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine Hotel is located in the downtown area, a 10-minute walk from the city center.


  • Hotel Facilities

    The hotel offers a seasonal pool, 3 dining options and a fitness centre. Free parking and free Wi-Fi access is provided. Guests can enjoy a massage, or unwind in the sauna room.

  • Room Facilities

    Air-conditioned guest rooms are fitted with a personal safe, tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The ensuite bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer.

  • Restaurants

    New Asia (Xin Ya) Restaurant serves a selection of Chinese dishes. Korean food can be found at the Xiang Tu Gu Restaurant. Light meals and beverages can be enjoyed at Oriental Cafe.

Golden Flower Hotel

The Golden Flower Hotel is located in the core business area of Xian, close to Terracotta Warriors and Xi'an City Walls.


  • Hotel Facilities

    Recreational amenities include swimming pool, exercise facilities, sauna and massage room. Currency exchange, ticket office, laundry service, gift shop, beauty salon and free Wi-Fi in public area are all available.

  • Room Facilities

    The air conditioned room is fitted with a satellite TV, complimentary toiletries, bottled water and 24-hour room service.

  • Restaurants

    A daily buffet awaits guests every morning at Golden Flower Hotel. In-room dining is available with room service.

Jiangxi Grand Hotel

The Jiangxi Grand Hotel is located in the southwestern part of Beijing, with a good range of local facilities nearby.


  • Hotel Facilities

    The hotel offers a business center, laundry service, room service, currency exchange service, beauty salon and free Wi-Fi in public area.

  • Room Facilities

    Room in the Jiangxi Grand Hotel provides satellite television, free toiletries and complimentary bottled water. An attached toilet with deep-soaking bathtub and shower facilities are also provided.

  • Restaurants

    The hotel has western restaurant and Chinese restaurant. A bar at the hotel lobby is also available.

  • The tour rated A+ in every category. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Our main guide, Jay, was super. The food was wonderful. The scenery was spectacular. I would certainly recommend Wendy Wu to anyone planning a trip to China.
    GERTRUDE F United States
  • The whole Wendy Wu travel experience was fantastic! Just want to say that the whole Wendy Wu travel experience was fantastic. I cannot speak highly enough of Jason – he was just the best guide. Have never been on an organised tour before although I have travelled quite a lot. Definitely plan to do a Wendy Wu to Vietnam & Cambodia. Please give Jason a pat on the back – he does the company proud!
    Jan Henman New South Wales, Australia
  • My husband and I and two friends have just returned from China after joining your Majestic Yangtze tour. We would like to say what a wonderful experience it was for us all. We went with some trepidation but were very pleasantly surprised as soon as we arrived and met our local guide at the airport, and then our tour guide who would be with us for the duration of our trip. Our hotels and food were very good, as were the visits to the theatres. The Yangtze cruise itself was marvellous and the staff on board very helpful and friendly. ...
    Mr and Mrs Rigg United Kingdom
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